Westboro Baptist Church Is Out to Get the Jews for Staunch Support of Gay Rights & Acceptance

“WBC will shine a light on the fact that the American Jewish community was the earliest and most forceful group to spread the soul-damning lie of ‘it’s ok to be gay.'”

Westboro baptist Church is coming for the Jews because they were the earliest and most forceful group to spread the soul-damning lie of “it’s ok to be gay.” According to the WBC, it was the American Jewish Community that spread the lie that gay people are people too, which then “spread like a cancer across this land and throughout the higher education system, bringing the curse of God down on the entire nation.” Sounds lovely. Thanks Jews!

WBC protested outside Yeshiva University

The group says Yeshiva University “encapsulates the perverse state” of American Jewry. Yesterday, half a dozen WBC members protested with signs that read, “The Jews killed Jesus,” and “God hates sin enablers,” among others. “The church members sang, ‘wrath will soon pour on you, for your harmful sins, your great affliction, it will soon begin.’ They set the words to the tune of the Israeli national anthem,” as reported by Simone Somekh in Forward.

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Yeshiva University Students Made their own pro-LGBTQ signs

Simone Somekh

In response to the Westboro Baptist Church’s protest, Y.U. students and allies made signs  that read, “Love your neighbor as yourself ואהבת לרעך כמוך, “Chosen people chose love over hate,” “Trans students are welcome at Yeshiva,” and “LGBTQ inclusion enriches the entire Jewish community.” The pro-LGBTQ pro-Jewish counter-protest was organized by Jewish Human Rights Advocate Asher Lovy and Y.U. alumnus and JQY (Jewish Queer Youth) Executive Director Zac Mordechai Levovitz.

We outnumbered, out-sang and outlasted the pathetic showing of the Westboro Baptist Church,”  Zac Mordechai Levovitz told OutBuzz. “Our group was a diverse mix of Yeshiva high school, college and graduate students, along with local synagogue and Jewish organizational leaders. At our swell we were about 35 strong. We had home made signs that captured our message: ‘Love,’ ‘Hate is not a Yeshiva value’ and ‘LGBTQ students are welcome in Yeshiva,’ etc. We sang Jewish songs of love and acceptance and bonded as a group. Some students independently used this opportunity to raise money for JQY, the organization that co-sponsored the event and helps support LGBTQ youth and young adults in the Orthodox community. More than $300 of mostly small donations was raised that morning. JQY, in turn sponsored the pre-protest coffee meet up and the signs and flags.”

Yeshiva University is a private university in New York City that is aligned with the Modern Centrist Orthodox Jewish philosophy of combining Torah study with secular academic studies. The majority of students at Yeshiva University are Jewish. For a religious institution, the atmosphere at Y.U. is generally positive toward the LGBTQ students, but the few anti-LGBTQ are outspoken. “I think the majority the student body is welcoming,” continued Levovitz, “but the ones that are not are not only particularly vocal, they are given a platform to express homophobia and transphobia… while LGBTQ allies are not given a school platform to counter that message.”

The Formal Response from Yeshiva University was “Underwhelming”

Yeshiva University’s formal response was underwhelming,” added Levovitz. “They seemed to encourage their students not to counter protest WBC, and instead ignore them. While on its face, ignoring sounds like a good strategy, I was concerned how that would make an LGBTQ Yeshiva student feel, to be singled out on campus with public attacks like ‘Fags should die,’ and have their University not stand up to that hate. This is even more disconcerting given the other anti LGBTQ messages that were given platforms at Yeshiva University (including Ben Shapiro speaking at YU calling Trans people mentally ill, and a head rabbi supporting gay conversion therapy from the YU stage), juxtaposed to the pressure to silence LGBTQ welcoming messages. In this context, suggestion to stand idly by against the WBC attack on LGBTQ students, seems more nefarious.”

Westboro Baptist Church Hates Gays and the Jews

Shalhevet High School WBC Protest

The Y.U. protest was part of the “God Hates Your Idols” preaching tour by the WBC. Last month the church protested Jews outside of a Jewish High School in California.  The church’s next stop is the University of Phoenix in Glendale, Arizona, where members plan to picket the Final Four as “pagan idolatry.”